Sunday, July 31, 2011

President looks to possibly sign horrible deal. Here's why progressives shouldn't lie about that.

All leaked info about that budget deal tells you its very bad. You don't cut spending during a recession.

Sign the Pro 14th amendment Credo Petition Today! Make your voice heard!

The best solution for the president and the country would be for the president to invoke the 14th amendment solution. One way you can get involved is to sign the Credo Action petition: "Enough is Enough: Invoke the 14th Amendment and end the crisis."

Here's what it says:

Enough is Enough: Invoke the 14th Amendment and end the crisis

Tell President Obama to use his 14th Amendment powers, raise the debt ceiling without Congress, end this crisis, and tell the House Republicans to go take a hike.
For weeks now, House Republicans have been holding America hostage, and threatening to wreak havoc with our credit rating and our economy. They have refused to raise the debt ceiling unless their extremist policies are enacted, policies that place a higher priority on defending tax loopholes for corporate jets than on preserving Medicare and Social Security.
Enough is enough. Mr. President, it is time to use your 14th Amendment powers to end this crisis.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution clearly states that the validity of the U.S. government's debt "shall not be questioned." Leaders from President Clinton1 to Representative James Clyburn to have called upon the president to invoke these powers.
Republicans, apparently unable to read, have tried to claim that doing this would be unconstitutional. But these same Republicans have held America hostage for too long. It is time for President Obama to move ahead without them, and use the powers given to him by the Constitution. If the Republicans really want to take their claims to court, let them. But right now, it's time to end this long, national nightmare.
Enough is enough. Tell President Obama to use his 14th Amendment powers to end this crisis.

Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith on the Debt Crisis

Yves Smith gives a nice rundown on the debt ceiling debate.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

If you can't make the noon rally, sign Alan Grayson's pledge.

If you can't make the noon rally, then sign Grayson's pledge telling the president no cuts to medicare, medicaid or social security.

From the press release:

Dear Friend,

Former Congressman Alan Grayson is taking a clear stand against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The Right Wing is doing everything it can to dismantle the American dream. We need a REAL Congressman with Guts, like Alan Grayson, to fight back.

That's why I signed Alan Grayson's petition, with one simple message: NO CUTS!:

If we can collect 100,000 signatures, then Alan will deliver the petition to the White House personally.

So join me, by signing here:

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MoveOn and Heatlhcare for America put more pressure on Mike Doyle, Jason Altmire, others today at noon.

Toomey and all republican congresspeople are a waste of time. I'm not sure what Senator Casey will do. My guess is that he would back something like the Reid plan, no social security cuts but creates a basis for them in the future with a second catfood commission.

I've received alerts from a number of organizations about a rally at noon. Yes I know this is late but better late than never.

Join thousands of others across the country TODAY, July 26, at noon (local time) at your Congress member’s nearest district office. To find the closest office to you click here.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Noon
Date: Mon, 25 July 2011, 3:48pm
From: Melinda - Health Care for America Now
Dear Friend,

In an astonishing display of reckless partisanship, House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt-ceiling talks at the last minute. Boehner aims to appease the Tea Party fanatics in Congress and special-interest campaign contributors, who increasingly suppress his better instincts to do the right thing. It's now abundantly clear that the Republicans are willing to drive our economy off a cliff rather than ask millionaires, billionaires and the big corporations to pay their fair share.

We’ve got to put a stop to this madness. Health Care for America Now is joining and other leaders of the American Dream movement to ask people to show up outside Member of Congress’s offices on Tuesday at noon to deliver a crucial message: "Don't destroy the American Dream."

Join thousands of others across the country tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, at noon (local time) at your Congress member’s nearest district office.

Yes, I’ll be there on Tuesday!

When the Republicans walked away from what appeared to be an imminent bipartisan deal, they threw the economy, the international markets, seniors and middle-class families under the bus. They showed us they're willing to default on Americans' financial obligations and to default on the American Dream, which is made possible by programs like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, college aid and much more.

This is a moment when progressives need to come together to show our strength and let our boldest leaders know that we're with them. And we need to hold the extremists accountable for their willingness to create an economic crisis because they want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the super-rich.

Tomorrow, stand up against the extremists in Congress who have engaged in political brinkmanship on steroids to protect tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations.

In Solidarity,
Melinda Gibson

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

MoveOn sez: No to Obama on social security cuts.

(Crossposted from the Greater Good blog.)

MoveOn already has a campaign you can sign onto. Yes, this is a monumentally bad idea.

Dear Philip,

BREAKING: Reports say the president just offered to cut Social Security benefits, if Republicans agree not to let the U.S. default on its debts.1

It's his offering to the out-of-control Republicans, who are threatening to crash the economy in order to ram through savage cuts to crucial government programs.

It's sickening to think that millions of seniors would have to sacrifice in order to appease Republican hostage-takers. Especially because every poll shows overwhelming majority of Americans support raising taxes on the rich and protecting Social Security and Medicare.2

But there's still time to stop this "bargain" in its tracks. Whatever deal the president offers Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass Congress. So we need Democrats in Congress to stand strong and oppose any benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Can you sign our emergency petition to Democrats in Congress and tell them to stand up and tell the President they will not vote for Social Security and Medicare benefits cuts?

President Obama is making a huge mistake that will cost our country dearly.

This is one of those moments where we either stand up and demand that the Democrats in Congress show a real spine. Or we sit back and watch the Republicans destroy decades' worth of progress.

Will you help send a message demanding that Democrats draw a clear line in the sand: no cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits? Click here to add your name:

Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Wes, Elena, Julia, and the rest of the team

1. "In Debt Talks, Obama Offers Social Security Cuts," The Washington Post, July 6, 2011
2. "Poll: To Reduce Deficit, Most Americans say Tax the Rich More," CBS News, January 3, 2011

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